Princeton University Receives $60 Million Gift for New Science Library

Princeton University has announced a $60 million gift from alumnus Peter B. Lewis ('55) for construction of a new science library designed by Frank O. Gehry, the architect responsible for the acclaimed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

According to the New York Times, the gift from Lewis — chairman of Cleveland-based Progressive Corporation, an auto insurance company — is the second-largest gift ever received by the university, surpassing the $55 million gift Lewis gave the school last year. The largest gift ever received by Princeton is the $100 million pledged by Hong Kong businessman Gordon Y. S. Wu in 1995.

"[The gift] allows us to create library space for the sciences that is designed to meet the needs of the 21st century," said Princeton president Shirley M. Tilghman. "And it allows us to bring to our campus the work of one of the most original and distinctive architects of our time."

Karen W. Arenson. "Alumnus's $60 Million Gift to Pay for Gehry Building at Princeton" New York Times 11/13/2001.